Brandon Beane would cut unvaccinated player if it meant normal offseason

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There is no mandate for NFL players to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but Bills General Manager Brandon Beane discussed some of the positives that he thinks will come from having players get their shots.

During an appearance on WGR, Beane said that indications from the league are that players who are vaccinated will only have to test once a week rather than daily and that teams will be able to hold meetings without limitations if they reach a certain percentage of vaccinated players. Otherwise, the operations would look like last year.

Beane said teams “can live normal” if they hit that threshold and hopes “if those are the rules we’ll be able to get enough people vaccinated and not have to deal with all the headaches.” Beane was asked by host Steve Tasker if he’d hypothetically cut an unvaccinated player if it was the difference between the two modes of operation.

“Yeah, I would, because it’d be an advantage,” Beane said, via Matt Parrino of “These meetings were not as productive as before because you guys saw in the field house, we had three and four meetings going on. And sometimes you’re talking over each other, but it was the only way to pull it off and be socially distanced. It would be an advantage to cut a player and fall under that umbrella.”

It’s a hypothetical, so Beane’s not covering every consideration. The player’s role on the team would obviously factor into any decision like that and there’d likely be a grievance from the NFLPA if that was the reason why a player was dropped from the roster.

That said, the NFL has made it clear that they want the offseason to move back toward the way it looked before 2020 and incentivizing vaccination is one way to get it there.

8 responses to “Brandon Beane would cut unvaccinated player if it meant normal offseason

  1. Yup. I’m sure if Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds said they weren’t getting vaccinated, you’d cut them both and be perfectly content with the backups. Sure.

  2. Big talk. Didn’t Josh Allen already say he wasn’t getting the vaccine.
    Your move Beane…

  3. Not mainstay players, but fringe players is likely what he meant. It is also a measure of intellect

  4. Thats a load of BS. It’s no differnt if a player gets in trouble, Bills would trip over themselves keeping Allen but if its a bottom roster guy, their getting cut.

  5. I think Beane is basically telling players to be a part of the team against Covid..
    If those who may think they are above the team, then they don’t know Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott.

  6. To be fair – Josh Allen didn’t say he wouldn’t get the CV-19 vax. He just said he wasn’t going to yet, because he wanted to know more.

    Pretty sure being told: “Hey, your job and multi-million dollar future may depend on getting it” would indeed be something he’d want to know…. 🙂

    People have done far more dangerous and stupid things than getting vaccinated for a LOT less.

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